The TIME TECH series 1 “‘vehicle and Personnel Monitoring System” is an affordable, modular time and activity monitoring system that is adaptable to any type of vehicle or machine and their associated personnel. This system was developed by Terry Ashwin in 1990.
The TIME TECH Series 1 system is an innovative portable time/activity management system for vehicles, both large or small, machinery and their operators. It enables the monitoring of remote machines, out-of-sight vehicles, thus promoting management of these very costly assets. These remote assets are often out of the ambit of managerial supervision and control, resulting in little or no true management of the assets or its cargo. Without TIME TECH abuse and poor utilisation is therefore common. TIME TECH gives true remote intelligence to the management of these valuable assets and distribution efficiency.
FEATURES & BENEFITS
The TIME TECH system is designed around a compact portable (or fixed in vehicle) data unit (a card sized unit). Its modular design allows the automatic monitoring of small or large fleets of vehicles, machinery, equipment and their personnel, from basic time/activity management to more sophisticated data measurement and control. For an affordable price, users can obtain daily activity reporting, directly downloaded to an ordinary printer or PC. TIME TECH addresses the aspects of vehicle operation and personnel activities where the bulk of losses occur.
THE MULTI APPLICATION, MODULAR, VEHICLE/ACTIVITY MONITORING SYSTEM
The successful exploitation of all core technologies is dependent on the adaptation of the technology to a wide spectrum of applications in its market as well as the extention into other areas where it can be beneficially employed. The TIME TECH system is admirably compatible with this requirement.
All operators of large or small fleets of trucks, busses, aircraft and marine vessels. Police, car-hire fleets, emergency services, government departments, municipalities, state corporations, armed forces, agriculture, construction, mining and all types of production machinery and equipment, compressors, pumps, air-conditioning, cranes, elevators and indoor vehicles.
TIME TECH utilises a micro card as its data recording unit. This card in turn has a compliment of docks available, these being a base, PC and Printer dock. The. base dock is fitted to the ‘equipment being’ monitored. The printer dock allows for the data to be directly printed out without the need of a PC. The PC dock allows a direct data transfer from the TIME TECH micro card recorder to the PC.
The portability/modularity of the system allows application from very basic vehicle activity management, to more sophisticated requirements. The unit/reader is not a permanent reader to the vehicle and can thus be removed, and replacement unit installed without incurring any downtime for repairs.· Card units are replaced on an exchange/return basis. Modularity also means that the system can be upgraded or tailored to any specific user needs. The unit has the ability to automatically identify various docks and perform the relative functions required. The base dock is fitted with an intimal REM Button informing the micro card about the machine and its operating parameters automatically allowing for the micro cards to be interchanged from one base to another.
REM Button (Remote Memory)
A portable TIME TECH base with rechargeable NiCad batteries and REM Button reader probe is utilized to capture REM data from remote locations. The REM Button has preprogrammed data and retains such for 15 years which is transferred into TIME TECH when probed.
This feature is ideally suited for the monitoring of remote locations, serviceable equipment (eg photocopier) and once probed, date and time stamping is included along with the REM data. Another application for the REM probe onto a base which is located onto any equipment is for the identification of users of such equipment. This also provides a security function/facilily.
Bar Code Reading.
A portable TIME TECH base with built-in rechargeable NiCad batteries and bar code reading wand (or CCD scanner) is utilized to to read bar codes. Date and time of reading is also included with the bar code data. This feature can be utilised in the same areas as the REM Button but also provides cargo, stock or Inventory monitoring.
TIME TECH Transceiver
A transceiver is installed onto the TIME TECH base and remote PC, providing an automatic. Cable -free transfer of all the recorded data in the TIME TECH unit to a remote PC placing the data in the PC’s data base. This allows for the data transfer to take place without human interaction and at any given time.